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Dale Hunter / The Hunters Return

41cm x 37cm Acrylic on Tasmanian Blackwood

SKU: DH40

$1,990.00

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In Dale’s words: I am an identified aborigine who was born in Melbourne Victoria in 1959. My family are from the Wiradjuri mob in NSW. I would like to acknowledge that my art respects the power of the ancestral beings, expresses individual and group identity, and the relationship between people and the land.

Dale Hunter who was born in Victoria in 1959, her family are from the Wiradjuri mob in NSW and she currently lives in Tasmania. Dale has a Fine Art Degree from the University of Tasmania, she also has a teaching degree as well as a Graduate Certificate in TESOL. She currently works as a school teacher in St Helens, Tasmania.

Dale says that painting the Aboriginal image on Tasmanian Blackwood creates a cultural connection with our mother the earth. The Blackwood manifests a hologram effect transcending time and place. Representational paintings of the indigenous body is the fundamental theme in her work.

Dale’s husband mills the timber from their 350 acre property near St Helens in Tasmania. He resurrects dead Blackwood trees and turns them into a truly beautiful sculptural piece. After using acrylics to paint the wood, each piece is then varnished several times to enhance the natural grain of the Blackwood. Forged metal hangers are created individually for each unique and collectable piece of art.

The Blackwood, which has absorbed the passing of time, actively participates in the transmission of myths and symbolism. Dale’s artwork moves away from traditional dot painting.

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS
• Fine Art Degree from the University of Tasmania. Major Art Theory – Aboriginal Art Practice and Culture
• Bachelor of Teaching, Deakin University
• Graduate Certificate Teaching English Second Other Language (TESOL), University of Wollongong
• Currently employed at St Helens District High School as a teacher

ARTISTIC ACHIEVEMENTS
• Solo exhibition University Tasmania Plimsoll Gallery, 2005
• Assistant to Gloria Petyarre and Barbara Weir Art Mob, 2006
• Exhibitor Tasmania Art Fair 2001, 2002, 2003
• Private art teacher 10 years St Helens 2000-2010

 

I would like to acknowledge that my art respects the power of the ancestral beings, expresses individual and group identity, and the relationship between people and the land.

The aborigines depicted in this painting are returning after undertaking a long journey. The aborigine is part of the earth, we believe that the earth is our Mother. We came from our Mother and will return to her when we die.

The aborigine in the forground belongs to this particular piece of blackwood as evidenced by the woods natural depiction of the face carved out by nature and reproduced by myself.The woomera and the many spears indicate that this journey is food related, however, the woomera was also used as a boondi, something with which to bash an animal or an opponent as well as a shield when hunting or in battle. The many spears is also an indication that perhaps they were close to another mobs territory and needed many spears as a means of protection. The white body paint is the connection to ancestral beings and also to evoke the radiant presence of a supernatural power of the ancestral beings especially in war.The markings on the spear represent a thriving community, prosperous hunting grounds and longevity for the mob.

A crucial factor in aboriginal culture is the transmission of myths and symbolism. Tasmanian Blackwood often portrays mythical beings within its grain, a natural phenomenon of the wood.The Blackwood creates a hologram effect pushing the image forward yet drawing the viewer into the depth of the Australian outback.
After using acrylics to paint the wood, each piece is then varnished several times to enhance the natural grain of the Blackwood. Forged metal hangers are created individually for each unique and collectable piece of art.

This painting is branded with the number 40 on the back and signed by the artist.

Blackwood in Aboriginal Culture ~ Blackwood Acacia melanoxylon

The fine hard wood of this wattle made strong spear-throwers, boomerangs, clubs and shields in parts of Tasmania and Victoria. Aborigines used to soak the bark in water to bathe painful joints. A powerful analgesic can also be derived from the Blackwood tree. The hard wood was also used to make shields and woomeras, whilst the inner bark was used to make string. The tree’s twigs and its bark were also used to stupefy fish as a way of fishing. Leaves and branches were often placed in fishing areas thus stunning the fish and making then a very easy catch.

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